A honeymoon is the holiday of a lifetime, so you want it to be special and all about the two of you. The top honeymoon cruises in our line-up lay on the works for newly-weds, with high-end dining, cabins featuring private balconies and top spas to enjoy. Romantic honeymoon extras you can add on include massages, in-cabin butler-served meals and even canopied al fresco beds to spend the night in.
Ship: Regent Seven Seas, Explorer
Destination: Mediterranean – Athens to Rome
According to Regent Seven Seas, Explorer is the most luxurious ship ever built. All suites come with balconies and, while the ship is spacious, it still manages a staff to crew ratio of 1 to 1.36 for attentive service. Even the smallest suite is 219-square-feet and comes complete with a marble bathroom. If you’re splurging for your honeymoon however, you could go for the world’s largest floating penthouse – the luxuriant two-bedroom Regent Suite offering unlimited Canyon Ranch spa access, an in-suite spa and a personal butler.
When it comes to your destination, it doesn’t get much more romantic than walking hand-in-hand around Rome’s Colosseum and Athens’ Parthenon, or sipping cocktails on the classy island of Capri.
Ship: Princess Cruises, Crown Princess
Destination: Southampton to Norwegian Fjords
One of Princess’ grand-class ships, Crown Princess is intimate but has the facilities of a large ship. Another perfect balance is the mini-suites, which are cheaper than standard suites but offer secluded balconies. You also get the optional extra of the Ultimate Balcony Dining experience, where you’re served lobster and champagne in-suite.
Loved-up newlyweds will enjoy the Movies Under the Stars nights on the pool deck, or you might prefer a more personal al fresco couples massage at the Sanctuary Spa with waiter service. For the ultimate in uplifting scenery, Crown Princess glides through the Norwegian Fjords and stops for excursions at picture-postcard villages and atmospheric towns.
Ship: Norwegian Cruises, Norwegian Pearl
Destination: Seattle to Alaska and Glacier Bay
For active couples who want to visit somewhere completely different, this fly-cruise option takes in the sights of Seattle and Alaska’s capital as well as Glacier Bay. Highlights include taking the Skagway White Pass Scenic Railway to pan for gold, as well as dog-sledding in Juneau. Norwegian Cruise Lines has a Freestyle Dining philosophy too, so you can get a table for two when and where you like without the norm of having assigned table mates.
The best suites include Garden Villas and Courtyard Penthouses, which are in an exclusive area with a pool and hot tub. Stay here and you’ll also get to eat in a reserved section of either Cagney’s Steakhouse or Moderno Churrascaria for breakfast and lunch. After a long day exploring, snuggle up on canopied beds in the Bliss Ultra Lounge and Night Club.
Destination: Western Caribbean – Mexico and Cayman Islands
Starting from glittering Miami, you’ll head over to the pastel-coloured houses of Florida’s Key West Island before drifting on to Mexico. At Costa Maya and Cozumel you can delve into Mayan culture and snorkel in translucent lagoons, journeying on to George Town in the largest of the Cayman Islands where hand-feeding friendly stingrays is on the agenda.
With top service but lower rates than the luxury lines, Celebrity packs a lot into its newest ships. 85% of all cabins on Equinox have private balconies, but if you’re going with a suite you’ll also get a butler and access to an exclusive lounge and suite restaurant. For downtime together, go AquaClass to get a spa-themed stateroom and use of the AquaSpa Relaxation Room, Persian Garden and speciality restaurant, Blu.
Destination: Borneo, Vietnam and Thailand
With Azamara’s focus on destination immersion, you may as well make the trip a big one. Starting at Singapore, you’ll stop on Borneo’s beautiful northern coast before heading to Ho Chi Minh City – the Vietnamese city formerly known as Saigon – and the tropical paradise of Thailand’s Ko Samui. Over 50% of the ports on Azamara’s itineraries are ones where larger ships can’t dock, so you really are getting something special.
Wine is included with meals as standard, or you can choose a suite for the services of an English Butler and concierge to arrange honeymoon treats. Even if you don’t go for one of the bigger suites like the Ocean and World Owner’s Suites, the Nights in Private Places package provides an evening of sheer indulgence. Enjoy private use of the spa deck overnight, with a butler-service candlelit dinner.
Ship: Viking Ocean Cruises, Viking Star, Sky or Sea
Destination: Barcelona, Baltic & Beyond
If you have a spare three weeks to spend on your honeymoon and want to see as much of Europe as possible, this cruise from Barcelona to Stockholm covers cultured cities across 11 countries. Highlights include seeing St. Isaac’s Cathedral in St Petersburg, wandering Copenhagen’s Tivoli Gardens and cruising Germany’s Kiel Canal.
With an adult-only policy, Viking Cruises provides inclusive shore excursions – one in every port. Other perks include balconies in all cabins, drinks with meals onboard, 24-hour room service and spa and fitness centre access. Chill out together in between ports at the floor-to-ceiling glass Wintergarden Conservatory with bar and movie nights, or swim and lounge at the all-weather main pool with retractable roof or glamorous infinity pool.
See more of Hawaii on the only ship to offer seven-night Hawaiian Islands cruises. Starting in Hawaii’s biggest city of Honolulu, you’ll get to see the largest volcano on the planet from Hilo, canoe around Kona and visit the Garden Island of Kauai. With over 100 hours in dock, there are overnight stops in both Maui and Kauai for extra exploration.
A big ship with spacious decks and striking design features, there are also plentiful facilities. You can head to the fitness centre, have a game together on the sports court and watch professional theatre shows. Of the five different honeymoon packages, the top level includes a couples’ massage, nightly canapés, two formal portraits and dinner for two with wine at two speciality restaurants for $399.
Take a look at what our cruise lines have to offer and start planning your dream honeymoon cruise.
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